Twenty years ago, Byndom was a self-described "thug" who dealt marijuana, got in bar fights and prided himself on having 20 girlfriends at the same time. He gave it all up when he converted to Baha'i and set himself toward becoming a community activist and a caring father.
The most-read stories of this week involved information on the Boston Marathon bombings, the arrest of two men in connection to the homicide of Brian Daniels and Wednesday's storm that produced golf ball-sized hail.
Some people seeking certification for a concealed carry permit said they were motivated by recent federal proposals to tighten gun restrictions, as well as concerns about their personal safety.
The Missourian profiled how Columbia has developed in recent years, what issues the city has faced and how growth has affected members of the community.
The morel season usually goes from early April to the beginning of May, but this year's has been delayed because of cool weather.
Marie Steinwachs work with the Household Hazardous Waste Project garnered national acclaim two decades ago. Now, she works with engineering students to help companies improve their environmental practices.
The top-read stories this week concerned a vandalized 90-foot bur oak, another chapter in the Ryan Ferguson saga and a farewell, as Missouri men's basketball career assists leader Phil Pressey announced he'll skip his senior season t0 enter the NBA draft.
Many studies show the advantages of becoming bilingual at an early age. Puerto Rican-born teacher Natalia Prats wants to instill those benefits in the children of her dual Spanish and English preschool class.
Longtime kayaker Janet Moreland will begin a trip on April 14 that will take her from the Centennial Mountains in Montana to St. Louis, and in the process, make her the first woman to to compete a solo kayak trip down the entire length of the Missouri River.
The Claysville Store, 30 minutes south of Columbia in Hartsburg, offers diners a home cooked meal in a family and faith atmosphere. The restaurant was renovated from a general store that closed around 1940.
MU students are giving of their free time in service to others this spring break through organizations such as Alternative Spring Break and Engineers Without Borders.
It is one of many decisions women with breast cancer must make — whether to remove a healthy breast. It's a choice more women are making, even though doctors believe it's often unnecessary.
Women such as Capt. Elizabeth Arrington have had to fight in many combat-like positions while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet until January, they were officially barred from serving in any type of combat position.
Columbia's most notable properties, Super Bowl ads and the identification of a suspect in a fatal beating at the Truman Veterans Hospital are among the top read stories of the week.